The last few days...
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
35Trip End Nov 24, 2009
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Triana Backpackers Hostel
After we left the Moorish Castle, we walked over to the Pena Gardens. It used to be a private garden area used only by royalty but a couple hundred years ago a prince made it a public area. We went up the hill through the garden for quite some time and finally made it to the Pena Palace- a breathtaking old Moorish palace later used by Spanish royalty. This palace wasn’t a ruin like the castle at all- it has been kept really well and even has fully furnished rooms- complete with the items and furniture the royal family used. We went through the queen and kings’ bed chambers, their private chapel, living rooms, reading rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, etc, etc. It was amazing. Each room had a different theme, from Moorish style to Asian style. Everything in this palace was elaborately decorated. Even the outside of the buildings were amazing- detailed etchings and carvings.
By the time we were done with these sights, it was pretty late in the day. We went back into the cute little main area of town and looked in a few shops before they started closing for the night. We had dinner before taking the train back to Lisbon.
Our original plan had been to take an overnight train from Lisbon to Seville, Spain but our plans changed when we couldn’t book a reservation on the bus that night. So we booked one for the following night and spent another full day in Lisbon. We were happy with it though because we both really love Lisbon. We ended up switching to our hotel’s sister place just around the corner- it was more like a hostel
Our bus was nice but any time you have to drive for 9 hours in the middle of the night, it doesn’t matter how nice the bus is. A night spent sleeping sitting up in a loud and bright atmosphere makes it a bad one. The driver played movies all night with the sound turned up really loud. I could hear it loud and clear through my ear plugs. We finally got to Seville, Spain at 5:45 in the morning. There was nothing to do that early in the morning but find our hostel and see if they would hold our backpacks for us until it was time to check in. It took us a long time to find our hostel because our directions were wrong. It was weird being in a new city in the dark, still middle of the night. We eventually found the hostel and the guy at the front said we could leave our bags there. We then wandered over to a nearby coffee shop and had coffee and did some city research until the sun was out.
Even though we were tired and delirious, I’m glad we didn’t find somewhere to just crash (like a park) because we ended up walking to the main part of the town (across a big bridge over the river dividing the town into two parts) and seeing everything before the streets were crowded
After leaving the Cathedral, we went over to the Bullfighters’ Museum where we had a guided tour through the museum and the famous Seville bullring itself. It’s one of the most famous bullrings in Spain. Many a bull have been killed there. (Also matadors and horses).
We spent the rest of the day checking into our amazing, old, Spanish-style hostel, getting groceries for dinner, meeting our 4 Polish hostel-mates, and hanging out with them up on our rooftop terrace.
The six of us all slept in the next day, then went our separate way. Andre and I spent a couple hours after breakfast researching train and plane stuff for our upcoming travels.
We had the best Spanish dinner (changing my mind for the better about Spanish food) at some random restaurant by our hostel. Then we came back here, and that’s where we are now- with our Polish hostel mates. Tomorrow we are taking a train 3 hours east to a Spanish town called Granada. Bye!